CAN A HORSE RE-LEARN?
Horses who have been subjected to poor handling methods or mistreatment
earlier on in their lives are often expected to be poor candidates for
re-training. Typically they will exhibit behavior issues around people, the
barn, and other horses. This is really due to lack of handling. Or, more
properly, lack of educated handling.
Even horses who are born wild, such as mustangs, can be brought around with
gentling techniques. This is not the same as the “Horse Whisperer” bonding
concept, which is nothing more than solid horsemanship skills that are
marketed as something unusual and unique.
Rather, it is basic barn and husbandry skills, added together with proven
training techniques, that can usually “bring a horse around.” The greatest
horse skills are also innate.
There is nothing special or amazing about re-training a horse and then
placing them into a new career. Even an older horse can learn basic skills.
Preferably with a talented trainer who can athletically manage their own
body, so as to influence the horse’s body in a proper manner. So with
a common-sense approach, and knowing one’s own abilities, nearly every
animal can be brought along to a higher level of competency - thus giving it
new career options!